Top 5 Must Do's in VarkalaEdit This
Varkala Must Do’s are some of the most exciting activities in the world. In beautiful Varkala you will find that there is plenty to do to keep anyone entertained for weeks. If you are looking for a beautiful beach front city to spend an amazing, excitement filled vacation look no further than Varkala. Here are 5 stops you must make while you are in Varkala.
Pay Homage at Janardana Swami Temple
Visit this 2,000-year-old temple believed to be surrounded by holy waters that can wipe away your sins. This temple has captivated guests for centuries. While you are there be sure to check out the ancient bell that still stands on temple grounds. This bell was washed up from a Dutch shipwreck in the waters outside of the temple. The captain gave the bell to the temple as a thank you when his vessel was ship wrecked and yet everyone on board survived. This was a pretty miraculous event for the time. While you are there, take a dip in the holy waters that flow beside the temple. It is a must do spiritual experience.
Meditate at Sivagiri Mutt
This famous Varkala Ashram was founded by philosopher and social reformer Sree Narayana Guru. Now the famous philosopher’s final resting place, the ashram receives thousands of pilgrims every year. This is another one of the many holy places in this spiritual oasis. It is a must see and it is one of the most famous attractions in the area.
Explore Anjengo Fort
Anjengo Fort, near Varkala, is a major historical site for the area. This fort has stood the test of time, protecting more than one group. It originally stood to protect the Portuguese, later the Dutch, and finally the English East India Company. In fact the English used this as their first trade site in the area beginning around 1684. It has protected the area from more than one attack over the years and now contains a cemetery with some of the burial sites dating back to 1704.
Visit Sarkara Devi Temple
This famous temple located near Varkala is a great place to visit in March when the famous Kaliyoot Festival takes place.
Enjoy the Varkala Tunnel
This 924-foot tunnel was built in 1867 and took over 13 years to complete. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. You must take one of the many scenic paddle boat tours through the tunnel to truly appreciate its splendid appeal.
The beach of Varkala is one of the most beautiful locations in the entire world to spend your vacation. This tranquil and serene location offers more than a few activities to please the tastes of just about everyone.
April 13, 2010 new by bipashabhatia